— Christopher Hitchens
“ Death is certain… Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more. ”
“ The chance to love and be loved exists no matter who or where you are. ”
“ It’s not a lot of work; it’s pretty easy. And it’s natural: there are people who fit together and that’s the person you have to go for. ”
The Möbius structure of relationships, one of David Byrne’s hand-drawn pencil diagrams of the human condition
We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain; that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it’s wealth or power or fame, or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that no matter how good our intentions, we will all stumble sometimes, in some way. We will make mistakes, we will experience hardships. And even when we’re trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God’s heavenly plans.
There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have — for our children, for our families, for each other.”
“ What you have done is demonstrated to a watching, and often weary and cynical world, that good can overcome evil, that love can outlast hate, that the light of human life can shine on through the most terrible darkness. ”
Anaïs Nin on love, hand-lettered by Debbie Millman – hardly gets better than this. Available as a limited-edition print benefiting A Room of Her Own, a foundation supporting women artists and writers.
“ The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person. ”
“ The biggest lesson I got is the power of unconditional love. If you offer that to your child you’re 90 percent of the way home. If every parent out there who can extend that to their child at a very young age — it’s going to make for a better human being. ”
(Source: The Huffington Post)
“ Love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way — and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet. ”